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If you’re stuck on a word problem, try writing a “word equation” first.

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In the GMAT Word Problems module, you will learn all of the concepts, techniques and strategies needed to answer word problems on the GMAT. In particular, the GMAT Word Problems module covers the following topics:

  • Assigning variables
  • Writing equations
  • Testing the answer choices
  • Age questions
  • Motion questions (distance-rate-time)
  • Work questions
  • Double-matrix & Venn diagrams
  • General sequences
  • Recursive sequences
  • Sums of sequences
  • Growth tables
  • Mixture/solution questions
  • Variables in the answer choices

 

GMAT WORD PROBLEMS VIDEOS

  • 1. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Word Problems (2:55)
  • 2. Lesson: Testing the Answer Choices (5:32) BUY
  • 3. Lesson: Assigning Variables (9:21) BUY
  • 4. Lesson: Writing Equations (8:16) BUY
  • 5. Question: Marge’s Chocolates (2:29) BUY
  • 6. Question: Nessa and Capri (3:01) BUY
  • 7. Lesson: How Many Variables to Assign (5:46) BUY
  • 8. Question: Hockey versus Football (2:33) BUY
  • 9. Lesson: Solving GMAT Age Questions (5:51)
  • 10. Question: Ages of Ebo and Atu (2:53)
  • 11. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Motion Questions (9:38) BUY
  • 12. Lesson: Finding the Average Speed (6:15) BUY
  • 13. Question: Nani’s Average Speed (2:49) BUY
  • 14. Lesson: Multiple Trips or Multiple Travelers (9:29) BUY
  • 15. Question: Cole’s Travel Time (2:57) BUY
  • 16. Lesson: Shrinking and Expanding Gaps (3:31) BUY
  • 17. Question: Devi and Mark (4:39) BUY
  • 18. Lesson: Work Questions (8:51) BUY
  • 19. Question: Lawn Mowers (1:55) BUY
  • 20. Lesson: Double Matrix Method (4:33)
  • 21. Question: Gigacorp Managers (2:42)
  • 22. Lesson: 3-Criteria Venn Diagrams (6:15) BUY
  • 23. Question: Car Options (3:14) BUY
  • 24. Lesson: Introduction to Sequences (4:41) BUY
  • 25. Question: Sequence with k (1:31) BUY
  • 26. Lesson: Recursive Definitions of Terms (5:18) BUY
  • 27. Question: Find the Value of Term 4 (1:48) BUY
  • 28. Lesson: Sums of Sequences (4:47) BUY
  • 29. Question: Sum of 40 to 60 (3:17) BUY
  • 30. Lesson: Growth Tables (1:59) BUY
  • 31. Question: Hummingbird Feeder (2:15) BUY
  • 32. Lesson: Mixture Questions (5:39) BUY
  • 33. Question: Combining Solutions W and X (3:16) BUY
  • 34. Lesson: Variables in the Answer Choices (7:19) BUY
  • 35. Lesson: Tips for the Algebraic Approach (4:08) BUY
  • 36. Lesson: Tips for the Input-Output Approach (7:02) BUY
  • 37. Question: Elvira’s Tennis Wins (3:17) BUY
  • 38. Question: Taxi Ride (2:54) BUY
  • 39. Question: Figs and Prunes (2:18) BUY
  • 40. Question: Plates and Bowls (3:03) BUY
  • 41. Question: Find the Value of Term 10 (1:52) BUY
  • 42. Question: Curt & Omar Paint a Fence (2:39) BUY
  • 43. Question: Multiples of 5 (0:54) BUY
  • 44. Question: Hotel Air Conditioning & Cable (3:16)
  • 45. Question: Rani’s Average Speed (3:30) BUY
  • 46. Question: Nut Mix (3:01) BUY
  • 47. Question: Rugby Players & Chess Players (2:43) BUY
  • 48. Question: Bill and Ted in a Race (3:58) BUY
Total viewing time for the GMAT Word Problems module: 202 minutes.

Additional Practice

Problem Solving (level of difficulty: 350 to 500)

Assembly line  (work/rate)

Delhi election  (overlapping sets, probability)

Hiker and biker  (speed/distance/time)

Finance majors  (overlapping sets)

Triathlete Dan  (speed/distance/time)

Juan runs  (speed/distance/time, VIACs)

Six machines  (work/rate)

Problem Solving (level of difficulty: 500 to 650)

Tree growth  (word problem)

Interest rate  (VIACs, interest)

Geometric sequence  (sequences)

Three grades of milk  (VIACs, percent) 

Ten machines working together  (work/rate)

Kitchen crew  (overlapping sets, probability)

Speeding motorists  (overlapping sets, percent)

Motel air conditioning  (overlapping sets)

Sum of even integers  (sequences

Colleges X and Y  (overlapping sets)

Theater patrons   (overlapping sets)  

Alcohol solution  (mixtures)

Susan’s average speed  (speed/distance/time)

Studying French and/or German  (overlapping sets)

Sum of multiples of 7  (sequences)

John and Mary  (work/rate, VIACs)

Mayville to Rome  (speed/distance/time)

Milk and water mixture  (mixtures, fractions)

Sum of 50 even integers  (sequences)

Centerville station  (speed/time/distance) 

Vinegar solution  (mixtures, percent)

Problem Solving (level of difficulty: 650 to 800)

SUVs and diesel  (overlapping sets)

Hotel California  (overlapping sets)

Northeastern colleges  (overlapping sets, VIACs)

Francine’s trip  (speed/distance/time, VIACs)

Cyclist’s variables  (speed/distance/time, VIACs)

Retired bridge players  (overlapping sets)

Upstream/downstream  (speed/distance/time)

Henry’s savings  (VIACs)

Laptops and cellphones  (overlapping sets)

History and statistics  (overlapping sets)

Fraction sequence sum  (sequences)

Oil mixtures  (mixtures)

Jason’s rental house  (VIACs)

Derek walks home  (speed/distance/time)

Instrument tuners  (work/rate)

Instrument tuners  (work/rate)

Data Sufficiency (level of difficulty: 350 to 500)

Peder’s work week  (work/rate)

Number of terms  (sequences)

Data Sufficiency (level of difficulty: 500 to 650)

Yoga and spin classes  (overlapping sets)

Voters in election X  (overlapping sets)

Products P and Q  (overlapping sets)

Halloween costumes  (overlapping sets)

Cars X and Y (speed/distance/time)

Travelers to India and France   (overlapping sets)

Data Sufficiency (level of difficulty: 650 to 800)

Greatest integer less than  (strange operators)

Carlos and his bicycle  (speed/distance/time)

Chef Karin’s omelettes  (work/rate)

Investing in foreign markets  (overlapping sets)

Coffee and dessert  (overlapping sets)

Left and right handedness  (overlapping sets)

 

Practice from the Official Guides

Official Guide for GMAT Review (2015 edition or 13th edition)

Problem Solving: 4, 25, 29, 34, 38, 49, 56, 60, 64, 71, 79, 81, 83, 86, 88, 89, 90, 93, 96, 103, 105, 108, 113, 114, 119, 126, 131, 136, 137, 139, 140, 144, 153, 158, 160, 162, 167, 168, 171, 172, 177, 178, 181, 184, 185, 186, 189, 190, 198, 201, 203, 205, 207, 212, 214, 222, 224

Data Sufficiency: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 44, 45, 49, 51, 54, 57, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68, 71, 76, 78, 88, 90, 91, 93, 94, 105, 106, 107, 108, 115, 116, 127, 132, 134, 137, 138, 141, 142, 151, 153, 158, 161, 163, 174

Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review (2nd edition)

Problem Solving: 2, 3, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 34, 35, 37, 49, 54, 56, 61, 62, 64, 67, 69, 73, 75, 87, 90, 114, 115, 118, 119, 120, 124, 127, 130, 131, 136, 138, 140, 142, 146, 154, 155, 165, 167, 171, 173

Data Sufficiency: 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 26, 27, 29, 33, 38, 44, 47, 50, 55, 63, 67, 71, 75, 84, 85, 97, 107, 108, 111, 116, 117
 

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